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To Major Mark W. Clark
November 16, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just read your letter of November twelfth and am much interested in what you had to say about your prospective maneuvers. I hope you get the money for rentals; but, had you considered the possibility of maneuvering entirely off the reservation in one of the National Forest Ranges—in other words, out of sight of the Post water tower?1 Motorized as most of your Lewis crowd is, is there not some Government land convenient for such a concentration.
Please treat this suggestion as entirely confidential, because it is far from my business to be sending hints to General Sweeney about the training of his division. It is for your eye only. I am merely interested in the possibilities of getting off the home grounds and doing things on a more warlike basis.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. At this time, Clark (U.S.M.A., April 1917) was assigned to Third Division headquarters at Fort Lewis, Washington. He commented in his letter on the need for money to rent land for the division’s spring maneuver at Fort Lewis. (Clark to Marshall, November 12, 1938, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 649-650.